Feasibility and participant experiences of a written emotional disclosure intervention for parental caregivers of people with psychosis

Jones, Christina J, Hayward, Mark, Brown, Abigail, Clark, Elizabeth, Bird, Daniel, Harwood, Gina, Scott, Crystyn, Hillemann, Angela and Smith, Helen E (2015) Feasibility and participant experiences of a written emotional disclosure intervention for parental caregivers of people with psychosis. Stress and Health. ISSN 1532-3005

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Abstract

Caregivers are at increased risk of poor health but often cannot engage with health care because of practical constraints. Writing therapies such as written emotional disclosure (WED) might represent an accessible therapy for
this population. This study aimed to determine whether WED is a suitable therapy for caregivers of people with psychosis. Data were collected from a feasibility trial comparing WED with a neutral writing task. Twenty four participants completed writing tasks; the content was analysed using the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (LIWC)
programme. Twenty one participants provided feedback about the writing task, and data were analysed using
Burnard’s thematic content analysis. WED was feasible to implement in caregivers of people with psychosis. All participants ascribed benefit to writing tasks, the majority describing a cathartic effect, enjoying time to oneself or distraction from caregiving. Quantitative comparison indicated differences in emotional content between intervention and control writing. However, qualitative analysis showed that control participants found it challenging to write neutrally, the majority citing the care-recipient in their writing. Community-based WED is a feasible therapy for caregivers of people with psychosis. The need for refinement of the control writing task for use in caregivers is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Christina Jones
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55828

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